Having served successfully as the interim chair since April 2021, Dr. David Kim has been selected as the Chairman of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery effective December 2021.
Welcome to the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
The department provides consultative, diagnostic, and therapeutic services to patients with problems of the oral cavity, maxillofacial region, and head & neck. Conditions treated include: odontogenic infections, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems, facial trauma, dentofacial deformities, head & neck cancer, pathological conditions of and/or injuries to the maxillo-mandibular complex, cleft and craniofacial abnormalities, cosmetic deformities of the head & neck, surgical management of the complex airway, and snoring and sleep apnea.
The full-time Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery academic faculty are dedicated to resident teaching and supervision. Several clinical and basic science research programs have developed with emphasis in the areas of head & neck oncologic surgery, cleft and craniofacial surgery, microvascular reconstructive surgery, oral implantology, and pediatric dentistry.
The Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery has administrative offices and adjacent research space in the previous Allied Health Professions Building. The clinical residency training program is headquartered in the Academic Medical Center at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport and has a busy ambulatory care outpatient clinic, full-scope surgical training, and a pediatric dentistry division. In addition, the department fosters a fully accredited 2-year fellowship training program in head & neck oncologic/microvascular reconstructive surgery, as well as a fully accredited 2-year fellowship training program in cleft/craniofacial surgery.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) is the specialty of dentistry that includes the diagnosis, surgical, and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries and defects, including both the functional and aesthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissue of the oral and maxillofacial region.
The surgery performed by Dr. Fawaz Alotaibi, DDS, Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Dr. Celso Palmieri Jr., DDS, Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, was an outstanding training opportunity for two Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residents who assisted with the procedure.
KTBS - Six dental residents are at work through the LSU Health Shreveport General Practice Residency program to help communities that need more dental services. The residency program, which started on June 1, is a collaborative effort with the David Raines Community Health Center and Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport.
We are excited to announce that the paper "3D Printing for Bio-Synthetic Biliary Stents" is nominated for the 2020 Best Paper
Award from Bioengineering journal.
Earlier this year, Shreveport Bossier Family Dental Care hosted the third annual 3 Miles for Free Smiles Race to raise awareness and financial support for children born with cleft lip and cleft palate deformities to help them receive life-saving surgeries.
Our Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Department Cleft Team hosted the first annual "Reel in the Big One" Cleft Camp in Frierson, Louisiana for their patients.